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Come and join in the Christmas fun each Wednesday
Queen Victoria Market is Melbourne's most popular market and often features special events. This July, on every Wednesday night, the iconic market will transform into a Christmas in July market! This will happen from 5.00 pm until 10.00 pm.
This will only be on for five weeks, so you will need to get on down there during this time so that you can have some Christmas fun. This will be just like the real Christmas of the northern hemisphere and you will be able to have the best of Melbourne's street food, drinks and entertainment with a distinctly festive flavour.
There will be a real snow machine under the market's historic sheds, as well as a small forest of Christmas trees. These will be decorated and shining with sparkling objects. It will be at the Queen Street end of the market.
Added to this, you will be able to buy some spiced mulled wine, decadent chocolate Christmas puddings, and free children's art and craft. The Christmas carolers will be out in full swing with their merry songs and these are just some of the festive delights which are sure to warm up Wednesday nights this July.
The highlights include the following:
Coldstream Brewery – will have hot apple cider spiced with cinnamon, cloves and star anise. This is set to warm the cockles of your heart!
Brick Lane Brewery – they will have their classic Red Hoppy Ale which will be transformed into a liquid Christmas pudding with a nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, barberry, bergamot and vanilla mixture drizzled throughout the glass.
Melbourne Cocoa – this is Melbourne's newest artisan chocolate-maker. They will create non-alcoholic eggnog and bite-sized Christmas puddings coated in 70% dark chocolate - oooh, who is drooling?
Mork Chocolate – will have specialty and ethically-sourced hot chocolate including their most popular Campfire Hot Chocolate.
Live ice sculpting – this will be some fabulous live ice carving that you can watch to reveal a Christmas icon on 10th and 31st July.
There will be an ugly jumper competition each week sharing on-the-spot Winter Night Market vouchers for those with the ugliest and most festive styles.
Then on 24th July, visitors will be invited to take part in an Ugly Christmas Sweater Catwalk with the winner taking off the prize of $50 worth of market vouchers and a bottle of bubbles courtesy of Mitchelton Wines.
The Christmas in July atmosphere will also reach out to Queen Victoria Market during the day, where there will be a variety of free Christmas-themed activities for children during the school holidays on 2nd, 4th, 9th and 11th July in C Shed from 10.00 am till 2.00 pm. Bring the children along and they can join in the workshops such as:
Make your own gingerbread house placemats which will be held on 2nd July.
Decorate Christmas stockings which will be held on 4th July.
Create stand-up gingerbread men decorations which will be held on 9th July.
Make craft 3D Christmas trees which will be held on 11th July.
All in all, this is going to be a fun time for these markets with something for everyone and heaps of fun for all!